Hi everyone, it’s Sharon here with an embellishment storage idea as part of our Just one Tip for the New Year series this month. I like to have pretty items of my stash on display rather than hidden away in drawers – particularly if it’s items I can store in a rainbow order as for me, that’s just one of the nicest things to look at!
A few years ago I came across this little white cupboard in a gift shop. It was on sale, but I didn’t really know what I’d put in it. My boyfriend was with me at the time and told me that I should get it anyway, as it was such a bargain I’d regret it if I didn’t. He was right.
When I got home I found a little jar that I’d bought a long time ago in an art supplies shop and discovered it was the perfect fit for the little cubbies. Whilst looking online for similar jars, I came across this site selling cosmetic jars and realised this was a much cheaper option than buying from an art shop. That’s a UK site, but if you google for 30ml cosmetic glass jars I’m sure you’ll find a local supplier to you.
The jars are the perfect size for flat-back pearls or sequins, and look so pretty all together. They’d look just as good lined up on a narrow shelf.
I hope my jar storage has given you some ideas for your own space.
Hi, Jessica here! I’m excited to share my first Craft Storage Ideas post, Just One Tip for the New Year! Today I want to talk about organizing and storing embellishments, in particular, gems and pearls that are adhesive-backed.
When I first started setting up my craft room last year I intended to use a Clip-It-Up to store all of my clear stamps. I purchased Avery Elle stamp storage pockets for my large sets and Simon Says Stamp 5×5 storage pockets for my smaller sets. I eventually realized that my stamp collection wasn’t going to comfortably fit on the Clip-It-Up (with room to grow) and I decided to switch to Jennifer McGuire’s method of storing my stamps in Fridge Binz containers. I ended up moving all of my stamps into the larger Avery Elle pockets as it was difficult to see the smaller pockets when flipping through my stamps. So I was left with a stack of the 5×5 pockets and I wanted to find a way to use them.
At the time I was storing all of my gems and pearls in their original packaging in a drawer and I was constantly re-buying things I already owned but had lost in the drawer or just forgetting to use what I had. I needed to find a way to make them more visible and more organized.
I started off by taking each set out of the original packaging and grouping them by color. Then I put each set of embellishments into a different storage pocket. Each storage pocket already had a piece of white cardstock cut to fit inside. The white cardstock really helps the color of the embellishment stand out. Sets with multiple colors were put into a separate stack. I cut 4.25×5.5 rectangles out of various colored 8.5×11 cardstocks and used them as dividers (I didn’t want to waste too much cardstock so cutting the dividers to a standard card size meant that the leftover cardstock was easily cut down for cards). I have all the basic colors, then a striped piece of cardstock for the sets with multiple colors and glitter cardstock for the gold and silver gems. I keep extra pockets in the back and I store the bin on a shelf above my workspace.
This storage system allows me to easily flip through all my embellishments of one particular color so that I can find the exact shade, shape, and size that I’m looking for. I use the storage pockets because I had them on hand but there are many different ways you could customize this for your own use. I’ve included links below for the products I used. Unfortunately the exact bin I used is no longer available but the Fridge Binz Condiment Caddy should work nicely!
You could use ziploc baggies with a piece of cardstock inside to help the baggies keep their shape.
You could staple the sets of embellishments to pieces of cardstock, divide them by color, and store them in a fridge binz or a binder.
You could separate the embellishments by color and put each color group in a different ziploc baggie and then store them in a pretty basket.
You could store them in mason jars or tupperware containers, grouped by color.
You could store several sets in clear CD cases, grouped by color.
I hope this gives you some ideas for organizing your own embellishments! Be sure to check out all our other tips this month!
I am slowly starting to collect more fabric and I have very limited space. As I was searching for ways to store my sewing items I came across this photo on MaryJanes and Galoshes. The idea spoke to me, because limited space is why she chose this rolling wardrobe unit. It is an attractive piece with a lot of potential.